Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has been quoted by Leeds Live as praising Leeds United and the Yorkshire side’s boss Marcelo Bielsa in his Friday press conference – waxing lyrical about the club’s style of player under the Argentine manager. It comes ahead of Sunday’s clash at the King Power.
Leeds travel to Leicester to take on Rodgers’ men after suffering a heavy 4-1 defeat in the reverse fixture. Back at Elland Road, the Foxes scored four goals with Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans ripping an under-par Leeds to shreds. Now, the two sides go head to head once again.
Leicester could be without midfielder Wilfried Ndidi and veteran defender Jonny Evans – while striker Vardy will definitely miss the match. Certainly, it sees the Foxes less sharp in attack, having drew with Everton earlier in the week. But home advantage and the fact they are pushing to qualify for Champions League football makes Leicester the favourites.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash, Rodgers heaped enormous praise on Bielsa and his side – claiming Leeds are exciting to watch. Potential mind games? You decide: “They’ve been outstanding. I’m a huge admirer of the coach. The team have played very clearly in their way in every game. They want to attack, they play without any fear.
“That’s got them some good results, and some games where they have lost heavily. It’s really enjoyable. They were coming off the back of some great results the last time we played them. Marcelo’s teams always play an exciting brand of football, and it’s a style you don’t usually see in the Premier League. I’m a big admirer of Bielsa and the job he has done.”
Leeds, meanwhile, will be without Diego Llorente after Bielsa confirmed the Spain international is likely to be out for upto four weeks with a hamstring problem – having suffered the issue in the 2-1 win over Newcastle on Tuesday night. Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw continue to overcome long-term issues.
The Whites will have to be at their best to beat Leicester, and Rodgers comments might come as a warning to his Leicester players that they will have to be at their utmost best to overcome Bielsa’s workaholics. Without Vardy and Ndidi, it promises to be an exciting clash.